New rule requires baby formula registration by October
All baby formula producers that sell baby formula on the Chinese mainland must have their formulas registered with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), according to the CFDA regulation that will take effect on Oct 1.
The regulation applies to both Chinese producers and those overseas that plan to export baby formula milk powder to the Chinese mainland, and an enterprise can register up to nine formulas, according to the regulation released by CFDA.
If they are using foreign raw materials, they must specify where they are from, and phrases such as “imported milk,” “from foreign pastures,” or “imported raw materials” are forbidden, according to the Baby Formula Registration Regulation.
Claims that a particular formula is “good for the brain,” “improves immunity” or “protects the intestinal tract” in instructions or packaging, are also banned.
Baby formula is a sensitive issue in China, after a series of scandals since 2008 when formula produced by the Sanlu Group was found to contain melamine.
Earlier this year, police arrested nine people implicated in the production and sale of fake baby formula. About 1,000 cans of milk powder, over 20,000 empty cans and 65,000 fake labels were seized.
Last year, China produced 700,000 tons of baby formula, accounting for 65 percent of the annual sales nationwide.